This is a NEW (2010) easy-to-read translation by ancient languages scholar Dr. A. Nyland and is NOT one of the many Public Domain translations of Enoch NOR IS IT A REWORDED PUBLIC DOMAIN VERSION of Enoch. Great advances which have been made in ancient word meaning in the last few decades were unknown to the translators of the public domain versions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This book is an easy to read translation with cross references, copious background notes, and notes. Despite the current trend for non-translators to reproduce public domain versions (both as is and disguised by slight rewording) as a commercial venture, be aware that such public domain versions are over 100 years old and do not have the corrected translation.
This new translation by Dr. A. Nyland contains all 3 books of Enoch: 1) 1 Enoch (Also called The Ethiopic Book of Enoch) 2) 2 Enoch (Also called The Slavonic Book of Enoch, The Secrets of Enoch). Also contains the extended version of 2 Enoch, The Exaltation of Melchizedek. 3) 3 Enoch (Also called The Hebrew Book of Enoch)
Note that this is Dr. Nyland's translation and NOT a public domain work. 1 Enoch tells of the Watchers, a class of angel, who taught humans weapons, spell potions, root cuttings, astrology, astronomy, and alchemy. The Watchers also slept with human women and produced the Nephilim. For this, they were imprisoned and cast into Tartarus. This is also mentioned in the New Testament.
In 2 Enoch, two angels take Enoch through the 7 heavens. This volume contains the extended version of 2 Enoch, The Exaltation of Melchizedek.
In 3 Enoch, Enoch ascends to heaven and is transformed into the angel Metatron. This is about the Merkabah and is of interest to Kabbalists.
People interested in Theosophy and Rosicrucianism will find this book invaluable.